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    Posted: 07 May 2019 at 5:12pm
A half decade ago, when I first came to these forums, it was damn near impossible to find anything. Contest season invariably involved a ton of bookmarks and even more forgotten stories that I meant to get back to, or whose comments i had wanted to track but could never find again.

From that special hell, the Master List was born.

I was tickled to see that other people found it helpful too (understatement: I was blown away to see how many people made a continuous watch of bumping that original thread to make sure it stayed where they/we could find it) and have been pleased beyond measure to see it expand into the other competitions.

But last year's Master list kicked my butt.  

I had to take leave from work to manage the first round list. For the first time, I had to break the list into two parts because it got so big, it exceeded the character limit for a forum post. (Which Suave and I learned existed when the SSC list hit the limits.)  NYC has grown the contest rapidly, and it's around three times the number of contestants as when I first started this little endeavor. Last year, I didn't even get to read the stories of everyone who left me crits, much less all the stories I wanted to. It has gotten to be such a huge task, it has *replaced all of the rest of my participation, and I'm just not OK with that.

My hope is that a team of two will consider taking carrying this forward.  That would allow:
- a 1-50 list and a 51-100 list (half as much work for each person)
- one person to do Round 2 (Challenge 3) and the other to do Round 4 (finals), while the other person gets to read
- continuity, if one person has to step down - someone to tutor a new partner, &c.

Questions? Comments? Let's keep it in the thread so I am not juggling multiple DM feeds with people all having the same convo. 

Most important answer: of *course I will be happy to continue to partner with this person/these people, just as I have with my ML colleagues in other contests. I will answer questions, find solutions, and generally be helpful. I will still message 50 newbies an hour to tell them how to fix their link, their signature, etc.  I just can't own the Master List any more - I can't meet that demand and be an actual part of the community. Given that choice - I choose all of you!  

Been a great run - we really "changed the world" as far as these forums are concerned. Thanks for letting me play. 

Who's up next? :)

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I really like the idea of splitting it between two people. Makes sense since you have to separate them anyway!

Happy to be a co-master if you don't get enough volunteers! The screenwriting master lists keep me pretty busy, but my OCD brain really enjoys the process of creating it. LOL 

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Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

I really like the idea of splitting it between two people. Makes sense since you have to separate them anyway!

Happy to be a co-master if you don't get enough volunteers! The screenwriting master lists keep me pretty busy, but my OCD brain really enjoys the process of creating it. LOL 


It has gotten way too big for just one person, and I miss getting to read all the stories :)  Thank you!  I totally understand the OCD appeasement - that's where it started, after all. :)  

Thank you Steph!!

OK - 1-50 covered.  Anyone up for 51-100? :)
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Originally posted by nixie nixie wrote:

Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

I really like the idea of splitting it between two people. Makes sense since you have to separate them anyway!

Happy to be a co-master if you don't get enough volunteers! The screenwriting master lists keep me pretty busy, but my OCD brain really enjoys the process of creating it. LOL 


It has gotten way too big for just one person, and I miss getting to read all the stories :)  Thank you!  I totally understand the OCD appeasement - that's where it started, after all. :)  

Thank you Steph!!

OK - 1-50 covered.  Anyone up for 51-100? :)

I wonder if there is a possibility of having more than 100 groups!! So far, it seems that each contest has more and more groups each year. Even screenplay went from 48 (last year) to 60 (this year)!
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Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:


I wonder if there is a possibility of having more than 100 groups!! So far, it seems that each contest has more and more groups each year. Even screenplay went from 48 (last year) to 60 (this year)!

Wow!  They really are letting stuff grow.


Dear NYCM - how about solving all of this by updating forum software to something with a tag system? Cuz if, for my post, I could set:

[Year]
[Contest]
[Story Link? y/n]
[GroupNo]

And then click the tag cloud to select [this year] [this contest] [only post that are story links, not follow-on comments or unrelated threads] and then sort by [groupNo]

we wouldnt need a master list...

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Originally posted by nixie nixie wrote:

Dear NYCM - how about solving all of this by updating forum software to something with a tag system? Cuz if, for my post, I could set:

[Year]
[Contest]
[Story Link? y/n]
[GroupNo]

And then click the tag cloud to select [this year] [this contest] [only post that are story links, not follow-on comments or unrelated threads] and then sort by [groupNo]

we wouldnt need a master list...

IJS

Dear tech minded participant,

That would be like asking my company, a global leader in marine robotics developing cutting edge technology, to stop programming in C++. 



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Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:


Dear tech minded participant,

That would be like asking my company, a global leader in marine robotics developing cutting edge technology, to stop programming in C++. 



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at least you can cite back-compat....
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Originally posted by nixie nixie wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:


Dear tech minded participant,

That would be like asking my company, a global leader in marine robotics developing cutting edge technology, to stop programming in C++. 
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at least you can cite back-compat....

True. We use C++ bc our tech is open architecture & military is a huge adopter. They approve of the stability. But let me tell you about the difficulty of recruiting fresh, creative minds with the appropriate experience. *sigh 


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Originally posted by nixie nixie wrote:

Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:


I wonder if there is a possibility of having more than 100 groups!! So far, it seems that each contest has more and more groups each year. Even screenplay went from 48 (last year) to 60 (this year)!

Wow!  They really are letting stuff grow.


Dear NYCM - how about solving all of this by updating forum software to something with a tag system? Cuz if, for my post, I could set:

[Year]
[Contest]
[Story Link? y/n]
[GroupNo]

And then click the tag cloud to select [this year] [this contest] [only post that are story links, not follow-on comments or unrelated threads] and then sort by [groupNo]

we wouldnt need a master list...

IJS


HOW DO WE GET THE ATTENTION OF THE NYCM MASTERS FOR THIS????
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I can do it.  I have lots of time as seen in the SSC.  I think it would be too much trouble having two people to run it, simpler for just one once the first rush is over.

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